teacher-maryaMarya Ricker

B.Mus, A.R.C.T, L.B.M, W.B.M

Musical Director, Owner, Pianist. Teacher. Accompanist

Marya began her piano studies in Ontario at the age of five with her mother. Upon moving to British Columbia, she studied with Darlene Brigidear, completing her A.R.C.T. Performers Diploma by the age of fourteen. She also earned a Performer’s Diploma from the Western Conservatory and the Licentiate Diploma from the B.C Conservatory of Music.

She has been a consistent scholarship recipient in the Lower Mainland Festivals and has participated in master classes with Robin Wood and John Kimira Parker. After performing Bach’s a minor concerto with the Surrey Youth Orchestra at the age of ten, she went on to perform Grieg’s a minor concerto and Schumann’s a minor concerto by the age of fifteen. She was the top piano performer six years running in the Surrey Music Festival and was awarded marks of 92% and 93% in the Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival’s grade 10 competition classes.

After high school graduation, she attended McGill University in Montréal and Kwantlen University College in Langley, majoring in piano performance under the tutelage of Jane Hayes. In the spring of 2000, at the age of 19, Marya performed Rachmaninov’s 2nd piano Concerto, as a soloist, with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Marya loves to perform and collaborate with other musicians. She has performed as a pianist and oboist in France, Italy, Germany, Québec, Ontario and throughout the lower mainland. She has been teaching piano for over sixteen years and is a registered member of the B.C Music Teacher’s Association. (BCRMTA) She was a piano instructor at the British Columbia Conservatory of Music and taught piano privately in her home in Port Coquitlam.

Her experience and knowledge in the music industry has led her to the creation of The Tri-City School of Music. Marya has a keen interest in video creation & editing and continues to participate in her her favourite sports of hockey, squash, badminton and tennis.

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